NFB – News From Bangladesh – Anti-Muslim / Anti-Islam Claims
The News From Bangladesh (NFB) & Global Amitech Imbroglio:
In 2007, the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains published six defamatory articles from a person using the name “Haraldur Erlendsson” (with the email address email@example.com) that attempted to incite hate and violence among Bangladeshi Muslims against the revered Indian Guru Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. See:
- newsfrombangladesh.net/view.php?hidRecord=167250 (Published July 31st 2007)
- bangladesh-web.com/view.php?hidRecord=167250 (Published July 31st 2007)
- bangladesh-web.com/view.php?hidDate=2007-12-07&hidType=OPT (Published December 7th 2007)
- bangladesh-web.com/view.php?hidDate=2007-12-08&hidType=OPT (Published December 8th 2007)
- bangladesh-web.com/view.php?hidDate=2007-12-09&hidType=OPT (Published December 9th 2007)
- bangladesh-web.com/view.php?hidDate=2007-12-10&hidType=OPT (Published December 10th 2007)
“Haraldur Erlendsson” – The Revealing Of An Imposter:
The “Haraldur Erlendsson” who posted on the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains claimed that he was from Iceland but was writing from Sweden. There are only two known people from Iceland possessing the name “Haraldur Erlendsson” (as confirmed by the Icelandic Register). The name “Haraldur Erlendsson” is not a common name and Joe Moreno (a Pro-Sai Activist) personally verified that both of the people possessing the name “Haraldur Erlendsson” did not write the Anti-Sai articles that were published on the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains.
Joe Moreno received copies of email correspondence (with full headers) between a University journalist student and “Haraldur Erlendsson” who used the email address firstname.lastname@example.org on the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains. In that correspondence, “Haraldur Erlendsson” admitted he was using a pseudonym and admitted he does not reside in Sweden. “Haraldur Erlendsson” said:
email@example.com: “Haraldur Erlendsson is a pseudonym, and to this day i am glad i used it. Nor do i live in Sweden. Which i am also glad i am not. I will not tell you where i live but through this cover up way i have escaped much harassment from defenders of Sai Baba of the nastier sort.”
The IP to the imposter “Haraldur Erlendsson” is: 188.8.131.52, which resolves to Iceland.
Please Note: The imposter “Haraldur Erlendsson” using the email firstname.lastname@example.org should not be confused with Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson (author of “Modern Miracles: An Investigative Report on The Psychic Phenomena Associated With Sathya Sai Baba”), nor his son Haraldur Erlendsson (one of two people officially possessing that name in the Icelandic Register).
NFB’s Policies Regarding Pseudonymous & Defamatory Articles:
Although the material written by the imposter “Haraldur Erlendsson” is clearly offensive, unprofessional, defamatory, unsubstantiated and plagiarized, the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains published six articles from him although their publication policies state:
The whole idea is to have a free flow of information without any censorship on articles, news stories and any other materials for that matter. NFB generally will not publish any material:
a. that are offensive, vulgar, unprofessional or uncivil in nature;
b. that might be considered defamation in nature;
c. that are totally unsubstantiated;
d. that are basically personal attacks or person-focused, rather than message-focused.
Note: Although NFB deserves the right to edit contents submitted by authors . It is however our policy not to alter, modify or censor any items except for above mentioned reasons.
To further uphold the integrity of this forum and enhance the confidence of our readership in this forum:
a. NFB will not accept any material contributed anonymously.
b. NFB will not allow contribution under aliases or pseudonames.
c. All contributors must disclose their real identity by providing verifiable institutional affiliation. In case of any potential abuse, NFB reserves the right to verify such information. (Reference)
The imposter “Haraldur Erlendsson” plagiarized entire paragraphs from articles written by Barry Pittard, Robert Priddy, Brian Steel and Basava Premanand without giving them due credit. Needless to say, Ex-Devotees have been thoroughly exposed for their pathological lies, misrepresentations, deceptions, monomania and gutter attacks.
Why did the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains publish defamatory Anti-Sai material when it clearly violates their publishing policies? Although the relevant email was sent to NFB (where the imposter “Haraldur Erlendsson” admitted using a pseudonym), the defamatory articles have not been removed from the NFB domains. The reasons for NFB publishing these defamatory articles and NFB’s refusal to remove these defamatory articles will soon be made abundantly clear.
NFB Board Editor A. H. Jaffor Ullah: Anti-Muslim & Anti-Sai Baba:
The News From Bangladesh (NFB) Team includes (Reference):
- Board of Editors: Dr. A. Jaffor Ullah, Tariq M. Mazumdar
- Editor: Tanvir A. Chowdhury
- Assistance to the Editor: Md. Rajib Hossain (also a journalist for “The Daily Star”)
- Founding Editor: M. Shahmimuzzaman
- Staff Members: Tina Dias (Masum), Zakir Hussain Khan, Zakir H . Mullah
- Special acknowledgment: Mr Andrew Robinson
Ironically, NFB Board Editor Dr. A. H. Jaffor Ullah (who resides in the USA – New York or New Jersey) is openly associated with the Anti-Muslim websites IslamWatch.org (Ref) and FaithFreedom.org (Ref). Some select quotes from these Anti-Islam websites:
IslamWatch.org: We are a group of Muslim apostates who have left Islam out of our own conviction when we discovered that the religion of Islam is not a religion at all. Most of us had taken a prolong period of time to study, evaluate, reflect and contemplate on this religion of our birth. Having scrutinized this religion with meticulous attention, we concluded that Islam is not at all a religion of peace as touted by many smooth-talking, self-serving Islamists and the Islamic apologists. The core of Islam, that is, the Qur’an, Hadis and Sharia are filled with unbound hatred for the unbelievers, unbelievably intolerant and exceptionally cruel and merciless to those who dare to deviate an iota from its doctrine. We discovered that Islam is beyond alteration, because Muslims who attempt to modernize and reform its unremitting bigotry, mindless rituals and its barbaric and draconian punitive measures are targeted for annihilation. Our verdict was that the only way to escape from the tyranny of Islam is to leave it for good. (Reference)
FaithFreedom.org: Faith Freedom International is a grassroots movement of those who asked prohibited questions and on that account lost their faith. We came to see that Islam is a hoax, an imperialistic ideology, disguised as religion, invented by a narcissist for his own personal gains. We found out that Muhammad was a conman, a ventriloquist who projected his own words into his imaginary dummy deity to fool the gullible. With a promise of a carnal and orgiastic paradise (just for men) and threat of hell he goaded his foolhardy followers to raid and slay innocent people under pretext that they were infidels. He and his merry band of terrorists looted villages and cities, raped the women, and enslaved all who were not killed outright. To this day, Muslim jihadis are following the footsteps of their prophet who bragged, ‘I have been made victorious with terror’. No other cause is responsible for more deaths than Islam. Our goal is to expose this religion of terror and warn of its danger. We also want to help Muslims see the absurdity of it, end their ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ ethos and embrace the human race in amity. No one is their enemy; it is they who are the enemy to everyone else. We strive for the unity of mankind through the elimination of Islam, the most insidious doctrine of hate. Humanity is one. Let not charlatans like Hitler and Muhammad divide us with their big lies. (Reference)
AH Jaffor Ullah was also a founding member to the Bangalee forum Mukto-Mona and helped it to flourish since the day of its inception in 1999 (Ref). For those who may not know, Mukto-Mona is a website for freethinkers, humanists, rationalists, skeptics and atheists and has published about a dozen articles criticizing Sathya Sai Baba.
Therefore, NFB Board Editor Dr. A. H. Jaffor Ullah is not only strongly associated with a group of people with a known history of Anti-Sai activism, he also belongs to a group of Anti-Muslim / Anti-Islam activists as well.
I wonder what Muslim NFB readers will say about these facts?
Additional Info About News From Bangladesh & Global Amitech:
Global Amitech (Managing company): The NFB news site is powered, managed and updated by Global Amitech. Global Amitech was initially set up as an Internet start up company in 1996. The ICT firm is now mainly involved in web design, software development & network related work (Ref).
NFB (News From Bangladesh) Strategic Partners:
- BEN – Expatriate Bangladesh Environment Network Based from North America
- SDSL – Structured Data System Limited – International Software House
- Drik Picture – Library and Multi Media Centre
- EB 2000 – Strategic platform for Expatriate Bangladeshis – Based in North America
- Learn Foundation – Providing rural IT education in Rural Bangladesh
- Webbangladesh.com – Major information portal & search engine on Bangladesh
- Radio Metro Wave
News From Bangladesh (NFB) & Global Amitech – In Conclusion:
The News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains are irresponsible news outlets that publish articles that secretly feed personal bias and hate to its unsuspecting readers. Even though the NFB published six articles from an anonymous defamer attempting to incite Muslims against Sathya Sai Baba for allegedly being critical of Islam (a highly subjective and unsupported claim), one of the chief NFB Board Editors (i.e., Dr. A. H. Jaffor Ullah) is openly Anti-Muslim / Anti-Islam!
Sathya Sai Baba is not “Anti-Muslim” or “Anti-Islam” whatsoever. As a matter of fact, RadioSai (an official Sathya Sai website) responded with a five-part rebuttal to the imposter “Haraldur Erlendsson” and his defamatory accusations published by NFB. RadioSai provided numerous pictures and references highlighting the fact that Sathya Sai Baba embraces all religions (including Islam) and is well respected and accepted by many Muslims. See the article entitled: Do Attacks On Swami Have Any Message For Us?
Since the News From Bangladesh (NFB) domains refuse to abide by their own publishing policies, NFB will be held accountable for their hypocrisy and promotion of hate by publishing articles by anonymous defamers who assume fake identities to push their agendas.
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